Introduction to Benton, Illinois
The city of Benton is the county seat of Franklin County, which was founded on January 2, 1818 and was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin. The county was also platted in 1818. Benton, which was named after Thomas Hart Benton, a senator from Missouri, was incorporated in 1902. The city grew and developed due to the fertile soil that facilitated agriculture. Because of multiple railroads in Benton, industry also grew and flourished.
Benton and Nearby Attractions
- Beall Woods State Park
- New Harmony State Historic Site
- Gen. John A. Logan Museum
- Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area
- Rend Lake
Things To Do In Benton
People may visit parks like Lake Murphysboro State Park, Ferne Clyffe State Park, Stephen A. Forbes State Park, and Fort Massac State Park. There are several museums nearby including Cape River Heritage Museum, Heritage House Museum, and William Jennings Bryan Museum. Places of historical significance, such as the New Harmony State Historic Site and the Bollinger Mill State Historic Site, may also be visited. Local churches include First Free Will Baptist Church, North Benton Missionary Baptist Church, and Saint Joseph Catholic Church.
Williamson County Regional Airport is nearby.
Benton Higher Education
Colleges nearby include Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, John A Logan College, and Southeast Missouri State University.